Social Psychology

Psychology 249


Chuck Huff

MWF
A: 8:00-8:55 AM in HH 307

B: 9:05 - 10:00 AM in HH 307

Last Updated 9/9/05

Holland Hall 303, 646.3169
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Required Texts

Elliot Aronson

The Social Animal

Russel Geen

Human Aggression

Cornelius

The Science of Emotion

Brehm. Miller, Perlman, & Campbell

Intimate Relationships

Welcome to the first class in social psychology. As usual, I am trying something a bit unusual in the format of this class. You will write two papers for this class, turning in an extended outline and then a revision. The papers will use social psychology to help you understand one of two plays. On three evenings of the second week of class, you will watch two versions of Shakespeare's Macbeth, one by Roman Polanski and one by Akira Kurosawa. Both of these are classic interpretations of the play. You will also get a chance at the 1951 movie version of Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire, with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.

About the plays

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's meditations on the wages of violence. You will find plenty of aggression (both angry and instrumental) to analyze in it. You will also find a fascinating relationship between Macbeth the murderer and Lady Macbeth, his wife and co-conspiritor. Gary Gissleman from theatre has agreed to come to class to help us think through some of the themes present in the play and to understand some of its action and plot. We will get two versions of the play, and you might want to take advantage of this to think about a cultural comparison of the portrayal of the characters and their motivations. When writing on Macbeth, you might want to refer to this version of the script on the internet. There are numerous others you can find through google.

A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennesee Williams complex and compelling look at the clash of gender and culture in post-WW II New Orleans. You will find find a very different kind of aggression in Streetcar, overlain with gender issues. You will also have the fascinating relationship between Stanley and Stella. Mary Titus, our local expert on Southern literature has agreed to help us think aobut this play. The script for Streetcar is on 2 hour reserve in the library, call # PS3545.I385 S8 1947.

I have not yet scheduled our guest experts' meetings with us, so the syllabus dates are a bit flexible to allow for their appearance when it is convenient for them.

Readings

It will be to your advantage to do the reading for the assigned day. First, this will mean you will be able to follow the lecture and discussion for the day. Secondly, it means you will be able to do reasonably well on the weekly moodle exams. Some help on the exams will be provided on the web page.

Interpretive Papers (and WRI credit!)

You will be writing 2 papers this term, but turning in the first of them in two installments. This means 3 actual writing assignments. The papers will use social psychological theory and findings to help illuminate some aspect of the plays we will be watching in the class.

The first paper will look at how close personal relationships are portrayed in the plays and will situate that explanation inside the larger literature of social psychology. Thus, it will draw on the first two books we read. The second paper will look at how aggression is portrayed in the plays, and will do so in the context of the literature on emotion. It will draw primarily on the last two books we read.

All these papers should be in APA style, and you will see from the grading rubrics that I will deduct points for those deviating from APA style. For some help in determining APA style, see:

Always, always, without fail, keep a copy of your paper. I have been known to lose a paper, so it is your responsibility to provide me with a replacement paper if I do.

Exams

There will be a moodle exam once a week, over the material for that week. Each exam will be open for a week, and you must take it sometime during the period. Each exam will cover the material from the previous week, so you will have had a chance in class to understand the concepts. Exams will be structured as short (2-3 sentence) essays. You will be given 4 questions for the exam, and be required to answer three of them. Several options for the exam questions will be posted on links in the class schedule below. If the topic for the day (e.g. conformity) has a link, I recommend you check it out. The link will provide you with the list of quiz items that may appear on the exam. No excuses whatever are accepted for missing exams. I will drop your lowest two exam grades, so you have some room for leniency. Each exam is worth 9 points (3 points each for each answer).

Grading

The application papers will account for 72% of your grade. Each core paragraph paper will count for 15%, and the complete paper will count for 20% or 22%. The remaining 30% of your grade will be determined by your performance on the exams (or about 4% each in the final grade). I will drop the lowest two grades on your exams. The TA for the class, Ashley Miller, will be grading these, though I welcome appeals of grading (they give me yet another chance to teach).

Item

Percent Grade

Core Paragraph Paper 1
15

Final Paper 1

20

Final Paper 2

37

Exams

28

Late Policy

Late papers will be reduced according to the following schedule: up to 24 hrs late = 1/2 letter grade, between 1 & 3 days late = full letter grade, 3 days to 1 week late = 1.5 letter grade, 1 to 3 weeks late = 2 or more letter grades. Grace is available, but you must provide yourself with words and apply. Negotiation is possible based on hardship or unforeseen circumstance. It is your responsibility to keep track of time and to turn your paper in. I will not track you down. Late Exams will not be accepted.

Disability Accomodation

If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs. Additionally, you will need to register with Student Disability Services located at the Academic Support Center in Room 1 of the Old Main Annex. All such discussions will be confidential.


Schedule

Topic
Comment
Assignment

Sept.

F
9
How Class will work
moodle exam
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.

M
12
APA Style: Prof. Gross
Huff in Sweden
Macbeth
TUESDAY
8:00 PM

.

W
14

No Class

Huff in Sweden

Throne of Blood
WEDNESDAY
8 :00 PM

.

F
16
No class
Huff somwhere over Atlantic Ocean
Streetcar Named Desire
THURSDAY
8 :00 PM

.

M
19
IR 3

.

W
21
5

.

F
23
moodle exam
6

.

M
26
8

.

W
28
9

 

F
30
moodle exam
11

Oct

M
3
12

 

W
5
Work Day
 

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F
7
Work Day
 

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M
10
SA 2

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W
12
moodle exam
SA 3

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F
14
 
 

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M
17
FALL BREAK

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W
19
SA 4

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F
21

Self Justification

moodle exam
SA 5

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M
24
SA 7

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W
26
Work Day
   

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F
28
Work Day
   

 

M
31
Geen 1

Nov.

W
2
Geen 2

 

F
4
Paper 1 Due at Midnight, moodle exam begins
Geen 3

 

M
7
Geen 4

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W
9
Geen 5 & 6

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F
11
Work Day
moodle exam
 

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M
14
SE 1

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W
16
Appendix

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F
18
moodle exam
SE 2

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M
21
Work Day
 

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W
23
Thanksgiving

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F
25
Thanksgiving

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M
28
James (Body First)
SE 3

 

W
30
 

Dec

F
2
Work Day

Huff in Chicago

SE 4

 

M
5
SE 5

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W
7
moodle exam
SE 6

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F
9
Work Day
   

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M
12
Work Day
 

Th

15

Section A Final 9:00-11:00 AM

M

19

Section B Final 9:00-11:00 AM

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